China Bans Boston Celtics Games After Center Enes Kanter Slams ‘Dictator’ Xi Over Tibet

Enes Kanter’s comments could leave the NBA facing fresh backlash in China. Bill Streicher / USA Today Sports

Enes Kanter didn’t see the floor in the Boston Celtics’ season opener Wednesday night, but the outspoken center’s impact on the NBA season could soon be felt.

Kanter posted a video to social media earlier in the day in which he labeled Chinese President Xi Jinping a “brutal dictator” and voiced support for Tibet’s independence.

The comments drew swift reaction from Beijing and threatened a fresh backlash against the league, which is still reeling from its last political controversy in China, a lucrative market where it has millions of fans.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Alexander Smith